University of the Sunshine Coast
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in association with Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
The University of the Sunshine Coast has teamed up with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) to give international students the opportunity to be hosted by a specially trained AHN homestay host for their introduction to accommodation and living in Australia.
Homestay is a wonderful way to share a unique cultural experience.
USC is located close to beautiful beaches and stunning hinterland and is just over one hour’s drive from Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane.
Our local AHN Homestay hosts will help you to settle in to life in Australia, and advise you of general safety, accommodation and welfare information.
AHN offers students a better quality and secure homestay experience. All of our homestay families have undergone extensive training, police checks (as required), are personally interviewed and homes professionally inspected.
Other benefits include Insurance to protect you and your belongings while in homestay, and a professional 24/7 helpline including interpreter services should you ever need assistance.
It’s Interesting and Fun
Enjoy everyday activities with your AHN homestay host including:
- Being shown around the community
- Help with the basics of Australian culture
- Taking part in everyday conversation
- Learning basics such as buying transport tickets, where the local shops are, how to access banking, internet, mobile phone and personal safety tips
- Help with English and ‘Aussie’ words and phrases
- Ongoing support and backup from the Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
AHN was recently commended by both the Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students and the NSW Government Inquiry into International Student Accommodation for their standards of service.
AHN aims to find you the best available Homestay based on your preferences.
Our staff are experts in homestay placements and we have a high success rate in first time placements.
Your placement fee and initial Homestay fees will need to be paid in advance. This enables us to continue with your Homestay application and ensures that we are able to provide you with an early confirmation.
For details on homestay fees at USC please see the: AHN National Fee Structure.
Do you have a question? Please feel free to visit our Student Frequently Asked Questions.
How to Begin
To begin the homestay application process please click the ‘Join as a Student’ button located below. You will then be taken through the application form and once completed a Welcome Email will be sent to your email address. There will be a link in this email you will need to click to activate your account. Once your account is activated our Systems Administrator will assign your application to the relevant Supervisor who will begin the placement procedure.